A new training centre which aims to tackle the skills shortage in the UK oil and gas sector has been launched in Scotland.
The £8 million Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Aberdeen is offering students the opportunity to become geo-scientific and environmental researchers in the oil and gas sector, claiming it will create 90 experts in the next six years.
The programme, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims to create a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors. It will also help students gain the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction.
John Underhill, Professor of Exploration Geoscience in the Institute of Petroleum of Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, which is leading the programme said: “The centre provides an important new opportunity for a once in a generation game change in academic training and research in oil and gas.”